It's Going to Snow, Let's Buy Milk and Bread!

Weather has the ability to change and alter our daily lives. In particular, nothing seems to strike fear into people like snowstorms. Snow of course, can make travel impossible and many would just prefer not to travel in snow at all. Large snowstorms have the ability to shut down roads and close down business, including grocery stores. In fact, some say the ferocity of a snowstorm can be measured by the number of people that flock to the grocery stores prior to the arrival of a snowstorm.

Have you every wondered when this tradition started? It appears that New Englanders can take credit for the purchasing of milk and break prior to the storm. It was the monumental blizzard in 1978 that trapped many in homes for weeks that gets at least some credit for the current tradition. Another New England storm, although it was a non-snowstorm that appears to have lead to the current tradition, was Hurricane Belle. The storm ravaged New England in the summer of 1976.

More Weather Glossary

  • Hoar Frost

    After a cold, clear winter night without much wind, the ground and nearby tree branches may be covered by tiny, white ice crystals.

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This Day In Weather History

Texas (1990)
Thunderstorms developing along a warm front spawned fourteen tornadoes in northeastern Texas during the last afternoon and night. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail near Marshall, wind gusts to 77 mph at Commerce and up to five inches of rain in many locations.

Daytona Beach, FL (1997)
140 people rescued from rip currents. A man died trying to save his wife.

Vanport, OR (1948)
A railroad bed acting as a dam gave way during a flood along the Columbia River destroying the town of Vanport.